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Encyclopaedia Britannica FilmsHalloween Party (1953)

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18:35:37:07 Shot looking into living room of house from outside, disembodied arm enters frame and knocks on window, dog stands by window, mother inside helping children with their Halloween costumes; camera pans over to father coming through front door with pumpkins and straw.

18:36:33:05 CU boy wearing brown paper bag mask creeps up on family dug; CU dog growls; father spreads out newspaper over coffee table and carves pumpkin; CU disembodied hand holding knife carves face out of pumpkin; CU father with moustache says “sad” then laughs, CU cute little girl with bangs and hands on check says “sorry” then smiles, CU red-head freckled boy says “spooky” and laughs; father places pumpkin in window, signals lights to be turned off, turns pumpkin toward camera outside of house, jack-o-lantern glows on window sill inside house; dog growls at the Jack-o-lantern, family laughs together.

18:39:45:22 VS mother makes boy’s costume, turns boy into “lady scarecrow”; CU mother puts lipstick on boy’s cheeks and nose; mother puts the “Mexican hat” on boy.

18:40:38:29 Kids dancing in circle showing off their Halloween costumes; VS children in Halloween costumes blowing up various colored balloons in schoolyard.

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Producer: Encyclopaedia Britannica Films
Production Company: Encyclopaedia Britannica Films
Audio/Visual: sound, color

Creative Commons license: Public Domain Mark 1.0

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Reviewer: ERD. - 3.00 out of 5 stars3.00 out of 5 stars3.00 out of 5 stars - December 2, 2013
Subject: 1953 Film made for younger children
This is a film made for the younger elementary school children back in 1953. I think it was cute for its time.
Reviewer: Tyler - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - November 22, 2013
Subject: Who were these 'for' back in 1953?
Seeing these old films, I always wonder who was the target audience for these shorts? Were they made to show kids in school on old 8mm reel ? I wonder if the actors at the time knew how ridiculous they all were. The other reviewer had it spot on.
Reviewer: Spuzz - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - June 19, 2013
Subject: Poor shep!
I've been around these parts for over 10 years now, and I've thought I've seen it all. But then I see stuff like "Halloween Party" which restores my love (not that any of it has gone away!) for the archive and it's many treasures. Full of stuff that's both archaic and strange, This movie starts with a Mother and her two children non chalantly going to the window when someone knocks on the window. Shouldn't they be on their guard? And what good is their huge German Shepherd Shep? But wait! It's only Dad! Silly man! He's brought home Halloween stuff! Junior makes a truly hideous mask from a paper bag and sets it IN THE LAMP to make it look more ominous (even more so when it catches on fire). The family make a jack o lantern from a pumpkin! Shep the dog doesn't like it! Grrr grrr! lol The next day, Shep is still pissed off, and takes his frustration on the paper mask! Oh no! the mask was going to be used in a school halloween costume contest! No worries! Mom creatively grabs some fabric, some makeup, and a "mexican hat" and voila, her son is now, yes, a "female scarecrow". Yes, A FEMALE SCARECROW. WHAT THE BLUE BLAZING HELL. He wins first place in the halloween contest and that's enough to make Shep jump over the children. Repeatedly. Oh. My. God. This is a total MUST SEE on this site.

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